Promoting Wellness Through Reconnecting Guests With Nature
By Suja Chaulagain Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida, Rosen College of Hospitality Management | July 2023
Mental health issues have become a pressing concern for health systems worldwide.
The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated this situation, leading to a staggering 25% rise in depression and anxiety rates in the first year of the pandemic period.
In addition, individuals are grappling with a myriad of external stressors linked to economic, social, and political uncertainties such as war, inflation, violence, and more. Although these circumstances are beyond an individual's control, they pose significant threats to mental health and overall well-being.
The concept of good health extends beyond the mere absence of disease, encompassing a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. Mental health is of particular significance as it is an integral component of overall health and well-being. The World Health organization (WHO) defines mental health as a state of well-being that allows individuals to effectively cope with life's stressors, to realize their potential, to learn and work well, and to contribute to their communities.
More than two years since the onset of the pandemic, mental health concerns are still on the rise. Health care providers are expressing concerns regarding the lingering impact of the pandemic on the public health system as the consequences of the rising mental health issues seem far reaching and multifaceted. Mental health issues can lead to decline in overall well-being, impaired quality of life, decreased productivity, and many other complications. These issues can also strain interpersonal relationships and exacerbate existing social disparities.
Moreover, the collective impact of mental health issues on society manifests as heightened healthcare costs, reduced workforce productivity, and added burden on public health system. As such, mental health and wellness have become a collective social responsibility, and the hotel industry and spa businesses can contribute by providing accessible, affordable, and inclusive spa programs that prioritize mental health and wellness.